This past Friday (November 10) marked the 10th year anniversary of the untimely passing of Dr. Donda West, the mother of Kanye West.
KanyeToThe (@KanyeToThe) and TeamKanyeDaily (@TeamKanyeDaily), two of Kanye’s biggest fan accounts curated and helped successfully execute “#HeyMamaDay” with the help of hundreds of thousands of fans on Friday. The two accounts shared the plans and instructions over their social media accounts, weeks leading up to the day. Plans for the dedication for Dr. West came after the reveal of Taylor Swift’s sixth studio album “Reputation” being released on the same day. A lot of people believed that the album release was not a coincidence as everyone knew that the date was very significant to Ye. With both dedication and determination, “Hey Mama” was streamed over 600,000 times and even charted in several countries including New Zealand and Australia.
Dr. West wrote a book called, “Raising Kanye: Life Lessons from the mother of a Hip-Hop superstar” in 2007, in which she spoke of how determined he was from the time he was a young child.
“He was about 7 months old when I first noticed it, actually, I didn’t notice it; someone else pointed it out to me. Kanye was sitting in his stroller in a vegetarian restaurant in Atlanta with his middle and index fingers in his mouth (he sucked those two fingers until he was 8). This lady came into the restaurant and stopped in her tracks. ‘Look at that face!’ she said. I looked and she was staring at Kanye, almost mesmerized. I thought to myself, ‘Yes, he is cute, isn’t he?’ But then he looked up at me and I saw it, too. I saw what she was talking about. He looked at me with eyes that spoke. And I knew, like the old folks sometimes know when they see certain babies, ‘He was an old soul.’”
Kanye always credited his mother for him being the man he is today. Kanye released “Hey Mama” on his second studio album “Late Registration” in 2005. The Ode to his mother includes the following lyrics:
“Hey mama, I want to scream so loud for you
‘Cause I’m so proud of you, let me tell you what I’m about to do (hey mama)
I know I act a fool, but I promise you I’m going back to school
I appreciate that you alive for me, I just want you to be proud of me (hey mama)”
Dr. West passed away in November 2007, following liposuction and breast-reduction surgery. Although it was deemed to be heart disease that caused her death, Kanye and other family members believed that it was the doctor who was performing the surgery, Dr. Jan Adams was responsible, particularly due to the malpractice lawsuits against him prior to her death. Dr. West was born in 1949 and received a Bachelors in English, Masters and a Doctorate Degree in English education. Dr. West worked as a professor at Chicago State University for 24 years until her retirement in July 2004. She took on the role as Kanye’s general manager and served in many of his companies until her passing in 2007.